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Alice Chittenden

 (1859 - 1944)
Alice Brown Chittenden was active/lived in California.  Alice Chittenden is known for wildflower, portrait, landscape, genre.

Alice Chittenden

Biography from the Archives of askART

Born in Brockport, NY on Oct. 14, 1859, Alice Chittenden came to San Francisco as a child.  Her father, a prosperous miner, encouraged her art studies.  Beginning a long affiliation with the School of Design, she studied there in 1877 under Virgil Williams and then taught at that school for 43 years.  Her marriage to Charles Overton in 1886 was short-lived, and after their divorce she never remarried.

Over the years she made several trips to New York, France, and Italy to exhibit and study. Chittenden was active as a teacher and painter in San Francisco until her death there on Oct. 13, 1944.  A prolific painter, she painted 350 varieties of California's wildflowers, a few portraits, and many landscapes.

Member: SFAA; SF Women Artists; Sketch Club (SF).

Exh: School of Design, 1879 (silver medal); SFAA from 1879; Expo. of Art and Industries (SF), 1891 (gold medal), 1893 (silver medal); Calif. State Fair, 1891 (silver medal); World's Columbian Expo (Chicago), 1893 (silver medal); Calif. Midwinter Int'l Expo, 1894; Mark Hopkins Art Inst., 1898, 1906; Bohemian Club, 1898; Lewis & Clark Expo (Portland), 1905 (silver medal); Société des Artistes Français (Paris), 1908 (award); Schussler Gallery (SF), 1908 (solo); Alaska-Yukon Expo (Seattle), 1909 (award); Del Monte Art Gallery, 1909-12; Golden Gate Park Museum, 1916 (solo); Stanford Art Gallery, 1918, 1922 (solos); SFMA, 1935; GGIE, 1939.

In: Oakland Museum; San Jose and San Mateo County Historical Museums; Episcopal Divinity School (SF); Society of Calif. Pioneers (six portraits); Boalt Law Hall (UC Berkeley); Academy of Sciences (Golden Gate Park); Shasta State Historical Museum; State Museum Resource Center (Sacramento); CHS.

Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
California State Library (Sacramento); California Historical Society; American Art Annual 1919-33; Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors & Engravers (Fielding, Mantle); Who's Who in American Art 1936-41; Club Magazine, Aug. 1941; Women Artists of the American West; SF Examiner, 10-15-1944 (obituary).

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Biography from the Archives of askART
Wild flower painter, Alice Chittenden, was born October 14, 1859 in Brockport, New York.  Her family moved to San Francisco while she was a baby, and it remained her home for the rest of her life.  She attended the California School of Design winning honors in drawing in 1877 and 1878.  In 1879 Chittenden won the school's Avery Silver Medal in oil painting.

Alice Chittenden briefly married Charles P. Overton in 1886.  The couple had one daughter.  While continuing her painting career, Chittenden taught at the California School of Design from 1897 to 1940.

Famous for her wildflower oil paintings, Chittenden painted over 350 varieties in 256 studies.  She also painted portraits usually in pastels and landscapes mostly of Marin County, California.

Alice Chittenden exhibited for over 60 years.  Her shows included San Francisco Art Association; First Annual exhibition of the Lady Artists of San Francisco; Bohemian Club; Sketch Club; California State Fair, Sacramento; California Building, World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago; California Building, Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition, Portland; Societe des Artistes Francaise, Paris and California Building, Alaska-Yukon-Pacific International Exposition, Seattle.

Alice Chittenden died October 13, 1944 in San Francisco, California.

Phil Kovinick and Marian Yoshiki-Kovinick, An Encyclopedia of Women Artists of the American West

Biography from William A. Karges Fine Art - Carmel
Alice Chittenden was born in Brockport, New York, in 1859, and moved to San Francisco at an early age. Encouraged in her art studies, Chittenden began studying at the San Francisco School of Design in 1877.

Chittenden would remain a life-long resident of San Francisco, eventually accepting a teaching post at the School of Design, where she taught for 40 years. Known for her floral still lifes, Chittenden once took on the task of creating several hundred oil on paper paintings cataloging the wildflowers of California.

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About  Alice Chittenden

Born:  1859 - Brockport, New York
Died:   1944 - San Francisco, California
Known for:  wildflower, portrait, landscape, genre